Our Distinct Philosophy

At The Rumpus Room we believe in fostering strong and trusting relationships, building links to our community and ensuring constant communication between teachers and families. The development of trusting relationships is essential to effective learning and our children benefit from having a close relationship with a key caregiver. We work with parents to understand each child’s individual routines in order to ensure consistency between the centre and home.

Having strong ties to their environment gives children a sense of well-being and belonging so we ensure that we get into our local community as much as possible. We also work with the new entrant teachers at our local Primary Schools to help our children transition seamlessly to school. We know that the education of children is a partnership between the centre and home and so we keep families informed with an online parent portal and weekly newsletters.

You’ll find our very experienced early childhood educators working with the children in our great space or out exploring the local community having adventures with the children. The Rumpus Room provides quality education and care to each individual child in a home-like environment where teachers strive to ensure children are happy, secure and respected.

At The Rumpus Room we believe children learn best when they have formed trusting and respectful relationships. We strongly believe infants and toddlers benefit from having a close relationship and bond with a key caregiver who is responsible for their daily care routines. We work with parents to understand children’s individual routines in order to ensure consistency for the children between the centre and their homes. To create a stable and calm environment, strong relationships are imperative. Our three day minimum attendance ensure that our children are settled and their relationships with their teachers and peers are strong. And it’s our very special teaching team who ensure these bonds are strong. A great deal of time has been spent recruiting a very experienced teaching team from a wide range of backgrounds. We are dedicated to our teacher’s professional development and regular meetings and whole centre training ensures a cohesive, common vision. Our teachers have a wealth of experience and are encouraged to bring their own passions to the centre. Our teaching team is focussed, cohesive and stable and, as a result, we have had very few staff changes. Regular events for whanau are organised to facilitate relationship building within the centre and these are always very popular.

The Rumpus Room values community and this is reflected in the culture of the centre. We believe having strong ties to the community gives both the children, whanau and team in the centre a sense of well being and belonging in the wider community. We are one link in the chain of learning and we work with the new entrant teachers at the Primary Schools our children graduate to in order to ensure they transition seamlessly. We view the environment as the third teacher and feel it is important for children to be able to explore their environment to make sense of their world in their own way and time. We want our centre and our children to be part of our fabulous local community and that means exploring it and getting to know other members of the community. We frequently utilise the nearby resources of Western Springs, Moa Reserve, MOTAT, and the Zoo to expose the children to the natural world and develop their understanding of their place in it.  We take the children out to the library, to the supermarket and to the nearby playgrounds to keep growing their love of adventure. Parents and whanau are always welcome to take part. New Zealand is a multi – cultural country, we respect and encourage all aspects of all cultures and backgrounds. Te Tiriti o Waitangi reflects the unique place Maori have in our community and we respect Maori as tangata whenua. Aotearoa / New Zealand is the home of te reo Maori (Maori language) and tikanga (Maori culture and tradition). These values are brought in to the children’s everyday interactions, experiences and learning.

To keep families up to date on childrens’ activities we operate an online parent portal where your child’s learning stories, information about the centre, our newsletters and our upcoming calendar events can all be accessed. You can log on anytime and find out about the amazing things your child is doing and post your own photos and comments. We produce a weekly newsletter to ensure parents know what their children are learning and exploring each week and to share the photos of the children. Parents are children’s first teachers, partnerships with parents and whanau are essential to the running of our centre and we practice an open door policy. View an example of our weekly Newsletter

Take a closer look